Vatican News


Emmitsburg played key role in welcoming pope to U.S.
Oct 08 2015
President Obama gave Pope Francis a key that once belonged to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Synod changes: Making less time for speeches, more time for dialogue
Oct 08 2015
Because the number of bishops in the world – and at the synods – continues to grow, the amount of time they are given for speeches to the assembly has been reduced.

Archbishop Chaput: Synod does include ‘lobbying’ in search of truth
Oct 07 2015
When a big group of people gathers to discuss something important, people start lobbying, even if that group is the world Synod of Bishops, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Pope says ministry to divorced, remarried is not only topic for synod
Oct 06 2015
Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and remarried Catholics.

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit
Oct 05 2015
The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer.

On synod’s eve, Vatican official declares his homosexuality
Oct 03 2015
On the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the family, a Polish monsignor who works in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, publicly declared he is homosexual and has a stable partner.

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Even though she did not make it to the security gates, high school senior Katherine Martinez felt that she "was there" during Pope Francis 'Sing once, pray twice': In Philadelphia, St. Joseph Hispanic community enjoys the journey
Sep 28 2015
Some Maryland Catholics who went to the papal Mass Sept. 27 couldn't get through security, but they soaked up the experience just the same.

People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.
Sep 25 2015
Dealing with war, development, the economy or environment, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real people are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

In New York service, pope offers encouragement to men, women religious
Sep 24 2015
Pope Francis thanked the nation's priests, brothers and women religious for their service at an evening prayer service in New York.

Pope Francis concludes first leg of apostolic journey to US
Sep 24 2015
Pope Francis concluded his first leg of his apostolic journey to the United States Sept. 24.